Local Church News

The Florida Conference is home to hundreds of local churches, ministries, clergy and lay members dedicated to making a difference in the world. Check out the stories below to see how they are sharing ideas and making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

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July 16, 2018

Honoring Rev. Tom Derrough

Venice-based writer Ed Scott remembers a life-changing mission trip to Uganda over 10 years ago led by Rev. Derrough, who passed away on June 30.

July 13, 2018

First Melbourne moving into the future

First United Methodist Church of Melbourne is embarking on a major construction project that will radically transform the historic church.

July 12, 2018

Slimed for a cause

Getting slimed has become a tradition at Palm Harbor UMC.

July 11, 2018

University Carillon named business partner of the year

The church was named Business Partner of the Year by the Florida Department of Education Commissioners Business Recognition Awards.

July 06, 2018

North Naples hosts music camp for Collier students

The camp, which ran from June 4-14, has been ongoing for the past 15 years. It concluded its fourth year at the North Naples Church campus.

July 04, 2018

Missionary couple moves where God needs them

Bill and Laura Roy of St. John UMC, Sebring, will go wherever they are called to serve the church.

June 29, 2018

Team Grace Cycling rides for those impacted by MS

Team Grace is a group of friends, neighbors and families from all over the central Florida area. This year, the team raised more than $45,000.

June 27, 2018

A Life Well-Marked: Counselor finds blessings through obedience

Burt Bennett of Alva (Florida) United Methodist Church encourages others to be fully present with people and show genuine care and interest.

June 22, 2018

Tomoka UMW helps out Daytona Beach pregnancy center

In May, the United Methodist Women donated a Pack and Play crib filled to the brim with baby supplies — diapers, onesies, knitted things and supplies.

June 15, 2018

Beach Church seeking leaders for the future

“We have a huge desire to invest in the next generation, and we want to develop a pipeline of ministerial staff that can be part of our church, a campus we start in the future or in another church.” ...

June 01, 2018

Five months after donating a kidney, Rev. Williamson ran the Boston Marathon

Steady headwind with gusts of 30 mph, 40-degree temps, unceasing rain and even a kidney donation couldn't stop him from hitting the pavement.

May 25, 2018

First deaf persons to complete Certified Lay Servant training

Billy and Mary Ann Deters, a couple from St. Andrew UMC in Titusville became the first deaf persons from the Florida Conference to complete the UMC Advanced Certified Lay Servant training.

May 18, 2018

Church partnership: an olive branch for the whole community

Despite a tense history of racism within the Wildwood community, two churches partner in worship setting an example for healing and positive change.

May 15, 2018

Irma survivor has reason to smile

The April celebration brought an amazing collection of people together who had combined their efforts to help the couple.

May 11, 2018

First Sebring opens 24-7 prayer room

Senior Pastor David Juliano and his wife, Alison, spearheaded the drive to create this unique non-stop prayer meeting, which ultimately will serve the community at large, not just the church.

May 04, 2018

Brews & Hebrews offers taste of spiritual Scripture

With a new influx of millennials joining its congregation, San Marco Church in Jacksonville started holding its Sunday night bible study, Brews and Hebrews, at a local microbrewery. Many stay long ...

April 27, 2018

New Covenant partners with Kids Central

In April 2018, a blue pinwheel garden was planted off U.S. Highway 301 in Wildwood, the results of a church partnership with Kids Central raising awareness for National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

April 26, 2018

Despite Irma, the cross shines brightly from San Marco's steeple

While still in the throes of major renovations to their hurricane-damaged church property, this Jacksonville church continued finding ways to serve the surrounding community.

April 20, 2018

An ambitious day of community outreach

Around thirty Edgewater UMC volunteers arrived eager to help out for "Edgewater-North Port Serve Day." There was ample work to be done. Together they tackled three projects proclaiming the gospel ...

April 13, 2018

Da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' brought to life

On Maundy Thursday every even year, North Naples Church brings Da Vinci's most famous painting to life. "The Last Supper Alive" is a dramatic worship service that provides a unique way to experience ...

April 06, 2018

Photo journey of young adult mission to Haiti

Stricken by natural disasters, political unrest and poverty, the island nation of Haiti needs compassionate outreach. Taking up the call, Beach Church Jacksonville invited young adults to join them on...

March 29, 2018

United Methodists wash feet, feed souls

On Palm Sunday, Pompano Beach Chapel held an annual foot-washing for the homeless community.

March 23, 2018

Palm Coast reaches out to Mongolia

Described as a multicultural congregation, Palm Coast UMC recently enjoyed a visit from Dr. Soon Hoon Chung, president of Huree University in Mongolia. The result was a "love offering" that collected ...

March 16, 2018

La Gonave Island pastor visits N. Naples, Carlson Memorial

Pastor Jean-Jacques Agones of La Gonave Island, Haiti, recently visited North Naples UMC and Carlson Memorial in LaBelle to describe how mission groups in his country have changed lives that were once...

March 14, 2018

Rev. Sean Peters – Embracing God’s Surprises

Rev. Sean Peters shares about his surprising journey from the world of theater to the world of church planting, what it means to embrace the people that God sends to you, and his story of healing from...

March 09, 2018

Job turnover is zero among homeless employees at Tampa's Portico Cafe

Hyde Park UMC's Portico Café does more than serve coffee and baked goods. Hiring several individuals who were either homeless or were re-entering the workforce after serving prison sentences, there ...

March 02, 2018

Palma Ceia's iMatter program offers unconditional love

Palma Ceia UMC's iMatter program, which includes a unique sensory room with soft music, lights and calming images, was initially formed to meet the needs of those with special needs. Today, it's ...

February 23, 2018

New Farmers Market Hosted by Montverde United Methodist Church

A new outdoor Farmer’s Market has enthusiasts checking out the fresh produce, seafood, baked goods, homemade foods and handmade crafts and other goodies every Wednesday in the Town of Montverde’s Kirk...

February 22, 2018

Response to Parkland: Trinity UMC marches on the Florida State Capitol

Inspired by Bishop Ken Carter's recent call-to-action, members of Trinity UMC, Tallahassee, marched on the Florida State Capitol to support the voices of student protesters.

February 16, 2018

American glass artistry on display since 1926

Including visits from a Hollywood director and inspiration from a famous author, FUMC St. Petersburg attracts hundreds of tourists each year. But this is not a story about films and books. Ten stained...

February 09, 2018

Church contributes to elementary school through reading buddy program

Just in time for Florida's Celebrate Literacy Week, News 6 (Orlando) featured an outreach effort that's getting results in our schools.

February 02, 2018

Gift shares offer 'priceless' shopping experiences

For Shari Fling of Peace UMC in Orlando having too much "stuff" can be a good thing. Through events called gift shares, Fling helps provide "priceless" shopping experiences to church and community ...

January 26, 2018

50,000 breakfasts and still serving

For Joining Hands Mission UMC in Holiday, serving breakfast for those in need is a way of life. The church parking lot is filled with griddles, gas stoves and waffle irons every Sunday morning.

January 19, 2018

MLK week revival helps bring unity to Wildwood

A recent two-day revival in Wildwood was held to help break down racial divisions. For Rev. Michael Beck, senior pastor at Wildwood UMC, the "Unity Movement" event was part of an ongoing mission that ...

January 12, 2018

She plays the world's largest flute

For Paige Long, co-director of music ministries at Palm Coast UMC, playing the flute is no ordinary task. Included in her repertoire is an instrument called the double contrabass. It weighs 30 pounds,...

January 05, 2018

St. James food pantry offers help in tough times

At St. James UMC in St. Petersburg, a monthly food pantry is held in its fellowship hall. Serving an area covering eight zip codes, the pantry offers a way through tough times for those with limited ...

December 29, 2017

Harry 'Skip' Wilson honored on NHL ice as Community Hero

For Harry "Skip Wilson, the retired vice president of Tampa Electric Company and member of New Hope UMC in Brandon, being awarded Community Hero by the Tampa Bay Lightning was a complete surprise. On ...

December 22, 2017

Inspired by Jane Austen, LifeGroup paints Christmas

Thirteen members of the Advent LifeGroup at Killearn UMC in Tallahassee found inspiration with a 16 by 20-inch canvas, some paints and the book "A Jane Austen Devotional" by Thomas Nelson. Together, ...

December 15, 2017

UMCOR meets challenges of 2017 relief

Challenged by hurricanes, floods, wildfires and earthquakes, UMCOR faced a difficult year in 2017. Organizational changes are offering greater efficiency in delivering supplies.

December 08, 2017

Dinner, size-13 cleats, make a difference in Seminole Heights

Seminole Heights UMC has always been a hub for community gatherings. With recent events that involved a serial killer in the eclectic Tampa neighborhood, the church has found new ways to make a ...

December 01, 2017

Sager Brown dedication remembers longtime friend

Central Florida's Sager Brown Mission Team recently dedicated a newly constructed gazebo to the memory of Ed Cepull, who founded the team and served at FUMC in Orlando for more than 40 years.

November 24, 2017

Cardboard City brings awareness to homeless families

Sleeping on cardboard boxes and in cars and tents, members of CrossRoad UMC in Jacksonville recently hosted an event called Cardboard City. The chilly and sleepless night helped raise awareness for ...

November 17, 2017

'A taste of home' served hot at Filipino potluck

They've been cooking up a taste of home for 17 years! Every Sunday at First Church Melbourne an authentic Filipino potluck meal is enjoyed by friends and family. The savory delights of their home ...

November 10, 2017

Evacuating Hurricane Irma with 18 horses

When Rev. Roy Terry of Cornerstone UMC heard a Category 5 hurricane could be headed toward Naples, he and his family really had no choice. They evacuated all 18 of their horses to Georgia.

November 03, 2017

A pastor reflects on All Saints Day

For Jan Richardson, an artist, writer and ordained minister in The United Methodist Church, images and words often come together to form reflections about life. Through a poem titled, "Enduring ...

October 27, 2017

'Bible, Bikes and Breakfast' riders enjoy God's countryside

He's been described as a "casual dressing, Harley riding, high sacramentalist." For Rev. Greg Freeze of FUMC in Spring Hill, combining a passion for motorcycles with his church seemed like a great ...

October 20, 2017

'Childs Park, We Got You'

When the power went out during Hurricane Irma, the Childs Park neighborhood in south St. Petersburg came together and found a way to feed 600 residents. Many were without power for nine days.

October 13, 2017

Prison ministry offers fresh start, faith

Crossing a bridge from the island to the mainland makes all the difference for members of St. George Island UMC. Working outside their comfort zone, volunteers are helping county jail prisoners change...

October 06, 2017

UMC connection is powerful in times of Irma disaster

The power, value and blessings of the connection are seen in this photo essay featuring many of our Florida churches who reached out to those in need.

September 29, 2017

FUMC Wauchula serves 600 meals to first responders

Joining a nonprofit called SendMeMissions, FUMC Wauchula opened their kitchen and food lines for nearly 600 linemen, first responders and volunteers working recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma.

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